In June 1973, a group of 10 American swimmers and divers embarked on what was then described as a "rare and unique" trip to China.
China's swimming legacy makes splash
In the summer of 1973, a college student named Michael Jang took a photography workshop in San Francisco. His classroom assignments required that he take photos of the people around him, and his Chinese-American family quickly became his favorite subject.
When the poet Lynn Xu was a child in Shanghai, she was diagnosed with a severe allergy to the sun. As a result, she spent long days indoors with her grandmother, pouring over classical Chinese poems. Brimming with evocative images of lonely men on snow-ringed lakes and mountains, the poems made an ineradicable impression. Through the playful rhythms of an art form known for its meditative images, she came to view language and the world in a distinctive manner that shapes her writing even today.
Sophia Su, who will graduate with a master's degree in communication from Michigan State University this year, seems relaxed, even though almost all of her classmates are anxious about their next destination after graduation.
When sculptor Joel Shapiro went to work designing a massive sculpture for the new US consulate in Guangzhou, he didn't conceive it as "birdlike". That's the recurring adjective when people describe the finished piece, Now, and Shapiro doesn't mind a bit.